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Oman vs Bangladesh: Bangladesh Defeat Oman By 26 Runs To Stay Alive In Group B

 T20 World Cup 2021 Highlights, OMN vs BAN: Bangladesh beat Oman by 26 runs to stay alive in the tournament.

With a superb bowling show from Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib, Bangladesh has defeated Oman in their second match of the T20 World Cup 2021 at Al Amerat Cricket Ground on Tuesday. This was a must-win game for Group B favorites Bangladesh to stay alive in the tournament as Oman and Scotland were at the top-two spots in the group. Jatinder Singh top-scored for Oman with his 40 runs knock but no other batter looked in a good touch vs Bangladesh bowlers. Earlier while batting first Bangladesh was bundled out for 153 runs in 20 overs as Oman's Bilal Khan returned with the figures of 3/18. Fayyaz Butt also took 3 wickets. Mohammad Naim (64) top-scored for Bangladesh and added 80 runs with Shakib Al Hasan (42) for the third wicket. Bangladesh (2 points) are still at the third spot in the Group B points table while Scotland leads with 4 points.

Bangladesh 153 (Naim 64, Shakib 42, Bilal 3-18, Butt 3-30) beat Oman 127 for 9 (Jatinder 40, Mustafizur 4-36) by 26 runs

Bangladesh survived for another couple of days in the T20 World Cup after a hard-fought 26-run win over Oman. The home side rode high until Jatinder Singh was at the crease, but Bangladesh removed him in the 13th over and used their experience to close out the game in the last seven overs.

Earlier, Mohammad Naim's 64 had given Bangladesh a good platform for the last five overs, but they failed to build on it, slipping from 101 for 2 in the 14th over to 153 all out. Shakib Al Hasan contributed with 42 off 29, while fast bowlers Bilal Khan and Fayyaz Butt got three wickets each.

Jatinder kept Oman in the game with his 40 off 33 balls, which included four fours and a six. He also put together two good partnerships in the top order, but Mahedi Hasan bowled a superbly tight spell, before Mustafizur Rahman, unusually erratic in his first spell, finished with 4 for 36.

A quiet spell
When Oman moved to 57 for 2 in the seventh over, Bangladesh was really looking down the barrel. Mahedi coolly bowled two overs for six runs, slowing down Jatinder and Zeeshan Maqsood in the process. Mahedi is good at mixing his pace but keeps a fuller length. He has a good record against both left and right-handed batters.

In the midst of a messy bowling performance from Bangladesh, Mahedi stood out. Maqsood couldn't resist anymore with the changes of pace, finally holing out in Mahdi's next over, before the offspinner finished off with a six-run over. This 4-0-14-1 spell went by mostly unnoticed, but it was Mahedi who brought Bangladesh back in the game.

Jatinder's a nearly one-man show
Oman, however, had hope as long as Jatinder was at the crease. So good is Jatinder's form these days that even when he gets out, it's off a very well-timed shot. He was dismissed when he swept for a catch to Liton Das at deep square leg off Shakib. But it was an innings worth remembering against a top-quality bowling attack. At times Bangladesh looked under pressure against Jatinder.

Mustafizur's nightmare and Mustafizur's recovery
Mustafizur trapped Aqib Ilyas with his first ball of the match but thereafter had a forgettable 15 minutes. He conceded five wides in the first over, as his attempt to bring the seaming ball back into the right-handed batter kept slipping down the leg side. In the next over, Mustafizur dropped Kashyap Prajapati at short third man. It was a regulation diving chance to his favorable left side, but it popped out.

As if all that was not enough, Mahmudullah dropped Jatinder 10, off Mustafizur. The bowler fumed with his hands over his head, but because this was his captain, he couldn't really react like he would have wanted. Mustafizur's four-wicket haul and a good running catch more than made up for his nightmare start, but Bangladesh can ill-afford an erratic main bowler.

Naim to the rescue
When Bangladesh batted, the story of poor powerplays continued. They scored only 29 runs on this occasion, but at least one of the openers made a considerable score. Naim had been struggling in the Dhaka pitches against Australia and New Zealand, except for one inning, but in Muscat, he opened up with some bright shots. He talked three of his four sixes delightfully over the range between midwicket and wide long-on, also bringing out a thumping straight drive and an equally hard-hit reverse hit. Naim added 80 for the third wicket with Shakib but his dismissal in the 17th over, having already lost Afif Hossain earlier in the over, was slightly unnecessary.

Oman blow hot and cold in the field

Oman could have had a better day had they held on to all their catches. Particularly that of Naim who survived two drops on 18 and 26. Prajapati, who had earlier dropped Liton at deep square leg, spilled Naim at midwicket. And Jatinder let the ball slip through his fingers at the sweeper cover boundary in the eighth over. But their luck changed with two moments of brilliance: Butt's return catches off a Mahedi bunt and Ilyas' direct hit from point running out Shakib. The mood lifted, Oman now took all their catches, including Jatinder, who took two near the boundary line.

Bangladesh end meekly
If there was one chance to make up for their poor powerplay, it was the last five overs. But Bangladesh was disappointed with just 41 runs, losing six wickets. It started with Naim hitting a beautiful six, but Kaleemullah removed Afif and Naim in the following over. It left Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah to make the most of the last 20 balls, They hit a six and a four before Mushfiqur was caught behind, while Bilal yorked at Mahmudullah's wild swing. Mohammad Saifuddin got a golden duck in between before Oman bowled out Bangladesh off the last ball of the innings.


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